Thursday, June 28, 2012

Gulf Air unveils special Ramadan fares

Gulf Air has announced that it will offer passengers travelling from Saudi Arabia special deals on fares throughout the holy month of Ramadan.

Until June 30th, people planning to visit destinations in the Middle East, Europe, South Asia and the Far East throughout Ramadan and beyond can enjoy heavily discounted fares by booking online or in-person.


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

India – A Hub For Alternate Healing Treatments

India is perhaps one travel destination that has caught the world’s fancy with its wide range of cost-efficient alternative healing therapies like Ayurveda and Yoga. Quite unsurprisingly, an increasingly high number of travellers spend on package deals for wellness holiday breaks in India.

Yoga is a centuries old medical practise that has become a rage around the globe tempting thousands to look for airline tickets on cheap flights to India to experience a wonderful rejuvenation of mind, body and soul!

Some of the prominent yoga centres are sprinkled across easily accessible Indian cities like Rishikesh, Mysore, Mumbai, etc. Unsurprisingly, scores of yoga enthusiasts from across the borders book airline tickets on flights to India to learn and practise yoga!

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Monday, June 25, 2012

Popular Places for Destination Weddings in India

Tourists love India! The incredible aura that permeates the very fragments of this massive nation makes it one of the most loved and admired holiday destinations of the world.

If there is one aspect of India that best represents the vivid array of colours that this country is so famous for, it is the weddings! Those booking airline tickets on flights to India to explore the unique customs and traditions often find that being a part of an Indian wedding is the best way to do so. Indian weddings let you explore all the prominent lures of this nation – be it culture, be it celebrations, be it food, be it the radiating aura or be it the legendary 'madness' this country has come to be defined with!

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Jagannath 'Rath Yatra'‎ on Its Full Splendour

Catching the admiration of the world with its vibrant merrymaking and unusual beliefs, Rath Yatra Festival of Puri, in the Indian state of Orissa is back with a bang.

The ceremonies of this auspicious festival started on Thursday, 21st June and will last for nine days packed with exciting celebrations and holy rituals.

The news reports show that as always hordes of holiday makers have booked tickets on flights to India to show their presence in this annual festival. Those who are already enjoying their holiday breaks in the country can plan a tour to Orrisa to explore the mammoth size fanfare.

Rath Yatra is an annual festival marked with the journey of the three deities- Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra, and Devi Subhadra. In this auspicious occasion, the devotees of Lord Jagannath pull the three deities from Jagannath temple to the Gundicha temple on three ornamented wooden chariots.

Upholding the traditional rituals, Rath Yatra 2012 features 45-foot-high "Nandighosh, the chariot of Lord Jagannath standing impressively with 16 huge wooden wheels. The two other chariots, 'Taladhwaja, 44-foot-high and Balabhadra's and Subhadra's 'Darpadalan', 43 feet tall, are equally striking, wining the admiration of every foreign traveller and making their efforts put in to net airlines with cheap flights to India.

The last couple of days, before the Yatra comes to an end, are going to see the festival draw hordes of domestic devotees as well as foreign cultural buffs, many of whom would soon be arriving on last minute cheap flight deals to be a part of a revelry that remains unmatched all across the universe. Other than the Rath Yatra, tourists will be able to enjoy a cluster of other related activities in the region.


Thursday, June 21, 2012

IndiGo Launches Daily Flights to Bangkok and Dubai

Travellers planning holiday breaks to international hotspots surely have all the reasons to smile now as India’s low cost carrier, IndiGo is launching its cheap flights connecting Dubai and Bangkok with Indian cities of Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi and Delhi from August 2012.

The airline will be offering three new non-stop daily flights connecting Dubai to Hyderabad, Chennai and Kochi and one additional daily direct flight between Dubai and Delhi. Also, the airline will start new flights on the Delhi-Bangkok sector.

In its endeavour to delight its passengers, IndiGo has introduced a lucrative return fare deal on its newly launched Dubai route.

With reasonably cheap tickets, the airline could possibly turn out to be one of the best choices for those holidaymakers who are often to be seen in a lookout for cheap flights to India for holiday tours!

Passengers willing to savour the airline’s revered hospitality aboard its flights to India can plan their travel in advance by booking tickets through the airline’s official website.

IndiGo’s newly launched flights from Dubai are slated to fly out from the Dubai International Airport. Both corporate and leisure travellers will now be able to experience the convenient and hassle-free flying options that IndiGo promises to the flyers.

Recently, IndiGo, India’s largest low-fare carrier also announced the commencement of its cheap flights connecting the country’s capital city of Delhi to Muscat, Kathmandu, Dubai, Singapore and Bangkok, and financial capital Mumbai to Bangkok and Dubai.


Tourism to get more eco-friendly in the Sunderbans

Tourists are to be encouraged to take better care of the Sunderban National Park in western India as part of a new eco-tourism drive.

Concerned about the effect that litter is having on the vast 4,264 sq km Unesco World Heritage Site, Sunderban Biosphere Reserve director Pradeep Vyas wants to see boat and lodge owners, non-governmental organisations and tour operators banding together to help protect the environment.

"We want to end irresponsible tourism and promote eco-tourism in the Sunderbans," he said.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Important Financial Protection Tips for Britons

Booked your dream holiday and feeling all excited? Ever thought how financially safe you are on your holidays?

Take the popular holiday destination, India, for instance. With some popular airlines that offer cheap flights to India struggling, careful travellers think twice about their financial protection on holidays to India.


Monday, June 18, 2012

Fly on Boeing 787 to Long Haul Routes with Air India!!

Travellers planning to fly on long haul destinations like US and Canada from India with Air India will enjoy their ride on the highly fuel-efficient Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Air India has decided to replace its fuel guzzling Boeing 777s operating on these routes with more fuel efficient Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The airline is planning to lease out some of its B777s to private operators to save on its fuel costs and restructure its international operations after getting the delivery of its much-awaited 787 Dreamliner.

The flag carrier of the country, Air India stays on the preference list of many travellers taking tickets on inbound and outbound flights to India. The airline contributes a major share in the India's domestic air travel market.

However, the airline has been struggling for a while now. In order to cut down on fuel costs, Air India has been planning to replace Boeing 777s with some fuel-efficient aircraft like the 787s. However, the plans could not materialise due to delays in the delivery of 787s.

A sort of phenomenon in the aviation industry, Boeing 787 is made out of composite materials and features advanced technologies. The aircraft is considered to be 20% more fuel-efficient that any other aircraft.

Optimist budget travellers would hope the fuel efficiency factor of Boeing 787 will perhaps bring down the fuel costs of Air India and the airline might bring down its airfares by offering inbound and outbound cheap flights to India.

Once Air India gets the clearance, the airline will induct around three Boeing 787 within June or July.


Friday, June 15, 2012

A Visit to Cochin Sways Visitors off Their Feet

Cochin, the mesmerizing port city in the Indian state of Kerala is a favourite tourist attraction. Boasting the spellbinding sightseeing attractions, satiating shopping scene and delectable food, Cochin is visited by most Britons taking flights to India.

Environed by lush Western Ghats on the east and turquoise Arabian Sea on the west, Cochin or Kochi is an enchanting port city of Kerala, the magnificent state in South India.


ITDC to Set Up Hotels in North East India

Indian government is finally waking up from its slumber and has started to recognise the incredible tourism potential of north east states of the country. Government-owned Indian Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) has announced that it will establish smaller hotels in the country’s north-eastern region. This will be done in partnership with state governments of the region.

The relatively less explored region of India, North East is slowly turning on its charm and is emerging as a preferred travel destination among a sizable chunk of holiday makers who book flights to India deals.

ITDC’s newly-appointed Chairman Shankersinh Vaghela said that consultation is on with the state governments of the region to acquire properties for setting up the hotels. He made it clear that the plan is to open small hotels like three-star or four-star properties to target budget vacationers who book cheap flights to India and land up here for a tour. As of now, ITDC has two hotels in the North east region.

Overall, India is looking at about 30 percent rise in the arrival of foreign tourists into the country. In the last fiscal year, about 6.9 million tourists booked airline tickets for India and this year it is expected to go up to 8-9 million, said Mr Vaghela.

ITDC is also planning to promote its ‘Incredible India’ campaign and to attract more number of tourists from Europe and the Middle East. Furthermore, ITDC has proposed the Indian Government to expand the list of ‘Visa-on-Arrival’ countries from 11 at present to about 30.


River festival promoting Ladakh region

The Singhey Khababs Sindhu Festival which has been taking place in the Ladakh region of north India is being used a springboard for promoting tourism to this wild and mountainous area.

A three-day event, the festival is a celebration of the revered River Sindhu or Indus which rises in the Tibetan mountains and flows through Ladakh.

Ladakh is part of Jammu and Kashmir, the northernmost state of India and it is a place filled with spectacular and untouched vistas.


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Facilities coming to the beaches of Goa

The gorgeous sandy beaches of the west Indian state of Goa are about to get a modern makeover to make them more tourist friendly.

While there is certainly no lack of beauty on offer along the coast of Goa, when it comes to beachside facilities, this is currently a different matter.

However, as the New York Daily News reports, tourism minister Dileep Parulekar is planning to bring a host of conveniences to the beaches in order to enhance enjoyment for tourists.

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Monday, June 11, 2012

A Guide for Solo Travellers to India

Boasting the diverse culture, glorious heritage sites, vivacious denizens and unparalleled marvels of nature, the country offers a perfect setting for attaining the main purpose of solo travelling.

With incredible diversity and beguiling topography, India is one of the great regions that appeal highly to solo holiday makers. There is little wonder why millions of solo travellers hunt for airlines and travel agents doling out cheap flights deals and tickets to India.

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Life Might Become Easy For Transiting Travellers In India!

India has woken up to the fact that it has to take some steps to develop the country’s airports as aviation hubs. The Indian ministry of aviation has decided to appeal to country’s central banking institution, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to allow having ATMs and currency exchange counters before immigration areas in international airports.

The move is going to benefit flyers who book tickets on flights to India looking for a transit travel. Also, tourists, who grab cheap flights to India and apply for visa on arrival, will be benefited by the move.

Of course, transiting travellers landing at the Indian airports will need to spend on food and beverages and make use of other facilities in the transfer area. Paying in foreign currency is not feasible, and thus there is a need for ATMs and forex counters before immigration areas at airports.

Current guidelines of RBI do not allow foreign exchange services before the immigration in airports' arrival terminals and this has been termed as “major hindrance” for transiting travellers looking for onward journey after landing up in India.

Not surprisingly, of the total passenger traffic, India flaunts a very low percentage of transiting passengers, when compared to other international hubs.

India’s favourable location should make it an automatic choice among transiting travellers. India should remain a favourable destination for people looking for airline deals for cheap flights for further travel to Far East destinations and other Southeast Asian Countries.


Friday, June 8, 2012

Jet Airways Boosts Mumbai and Kuwait Service

Jet Airways, one of India’s leading names in aviation, has decided to amp up its flight services between Kuwait and Mumbai. The airline is currently offering daily flights to Mumbai from Kuwait, and from June 8, 2012, it will offer an additional frequency four times a week on the route.

The new operation will take the number of flights to India, connecting Mumbai from Kuwait to 11 in a week. It sure is good news for travellers as more flight options will mean better chances of landing up with tickets on cheap flights to India from Kuwait!

Apart from offering more links between Kuwait and Mumbai, the new service will provide seamless connectivity to guests taking flights to India for onward journey on the airline’s domestic and international network. Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok, Dhaka, Kathmandu and Colombo are going to be some of the popular destinations for onward journey, says the airline.

Aircraft Boeing 737-800 will be used for the new service. The aircraft will feature Premiere and Economy class travel for the flyers, making sure that the needs of both luxury seekers as well as travellers who prefer relatively cheap flight deals are taken care of.

The flight timing of the new service is as follows:

Flight 9W573 will take off from Kuwait at 0050 hrs local time (LT) on Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and arrive at Mumbai airport at 0730 hrs (LT). For the return journey, Flight 9W 574 will depart Mumbai at 2220 hrs (LT) on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and land in Kuwait at 2350 hrs (LT).

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Hyderabad International Airport Expands Shopping Zone

International shoppers looking to explore the inimitable Indian shopping experience now have the chance to do so right at the Hyderabad International Airport, also known as Rajiv Gandhi International Airport.

The airport has undertaken a massive project to increase its already expansive retail zone by another 150% - something that is sure to impress international holiday makers taking flights to India and landing up in the city.

The airport has set up several top-notch retail brands to allow the passengers to experience familiarity. In addition, the airport has allocated an additional 5,000 square feet for the setting up of multi-cuisine restaurants. Moreover, the airport has roped in a spectrum of stores like books and stationery chains, jewellery outlets and apparel units.

Over the last few months, several new brands have come up at the Hyderabad International Airport like Karachi Bakery, WH Smith Bookshop, Krishna Pearls and Jewellers, Taste of India, 'Anuva' and Hyderabadi Bangles. These brands add a local and ethnic flavour to foreign holiday maker’s shopping experience. Then there are globally renowned luxury brands such as Mont Blanc and Swarovski and popular food chains like KFC and Barista.

Hyderabad remains a popular travel destination in the world. While its cultural charms beguile tourists to look for airline tickets deals on cheap flights to India, the city’s business appeal tempts corporate executives. And with the city airport offering a virtual world of shopping alternatives, the popularity of the destination is only going go higher.

Experts believe that it is the slow improvement in passenger traffic that has led the airport to plan such a retail overdrive.


Monday, June 4, 2012

Gujarat, Thailand Join Hands to Promote Tourism

India's western state of Gujarat and Thailand have joined hands in a bid to promote tourism in both the regions.

A Thai delegation, led by ambassador of Thailand in India, Pisan Manawapat came to meet Gujarat’s Chief Minister Narendra Modi with a proposal to fortify the tourism ties between Gujarat and Thailand.

Pisan Manawapat also expressed his keenness to start direct flight service from Gujarat to Thailand. He hinted that Thai Airways may begin the service.

Gujarat is a repository of priceless tokens of Lord Buddha and this entices Thai population to look for cheap flights to India and land up in the coastal state. If figures quoted in the India media are anything to go by then 60,000 pilgrims visit Gujarat from Thailand every year!

Overall, Gujarat is blossoming as a top holiday destination of India. Government figures indicate the Foreign Tourists Arrival (FTA) in the country’s western state has grown by 26% to 1.75 lakh in 2011-12. And in case the Thai-Gujarat flight kicks off, more international flyers would have the convenient means to take flights to India and visit the state.

Media reports made clear that Narendra Modi has given the nod to the suggestions proposed by the Thai envoy. Mr Modi has also suggested looking for possibilities of commencing a Vishnu circuit between Gujarat and Thailand.

It will not be wrong to say that this partnership deal is a win-win situation for tour and travel sectors of both the regions!


Friday, June 1, 2012

India’s Madhya Pradesh Goes Full Throttle to Promote Tourism

India is a top travel destination and states of the country are working hard to make sure it remains so!

Madhya Pradesh, one of India’s prominent holiday destinations, is looking to attract foreign tourists as it goes on a publicity blitzkrieg targeting European travellers.

Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation will be conducting road shows in London and other European destinations in a hope to attract vacationers to plan holiday break and entice them to book flights to India and land up in this central state. In addition, write-ups and advertisements in in-flight magazines are being offered in English, German, French and Italian languages.

Madhya Pradesh is renowned world over for its incredible range of flora and fauna that attracts tourists from far and wide to look for airline ticket deals on cheap flights to India. The state’s heritage is also a colossal beguiler and acts as a big time temptation for tourists who plan holiday tour to India. Most heritage properties in the region have private owners and the government has reportedly urged these owners to develop their heritage properties as attractions for tourists.

Already, tourist inflow to Madhya Pradesh is on upswing. 2.69 lakh foreigners landed up in Madhya Pradesh in the year 2011 as compared to 2.5 lakh in 2010.

An amusement park and golf course are being developed at Khajuraho, a popular tourist spot. Cultural programmes and souvenir shops are being set up to lure more and more foreigners into looking for cheap flights to India.

Several other initiatives feature on the government’s tourism promotion agenda.